SC/ST cops to get 17% of SHO posts
PATNA: In ostensibly a first, the state police HQ has initiated a move to implement the provisions of reservation to scheduled castes and scheduled tribes in the crucial posting of station house officers (SHOs) of police stations.
Crime Investigation Department (CID)’s ADG (weaker sections) Arvind Pandey on Saturday sent a letter to all SSPs, SPs and superintendents of railway police (SRPs), advising them to ensure posting of efficient SC/ST police officers as SHOs in proportion to the reservation granted to them. The state government provides 16% job reservation to SCs and 1% to STs.
“During comprehensive review of the cases related to atrocities against SCs/STs in the state’s 1,021 police stations and the data pertaining to the posting of SHOs, it was found SC/ST officers have not been posted as SHOs in proportion to the quota for them though there were several competent SC/ST sub-inspectors and inspectors in all police districts,” the ADG has pointed out in his three-page letter.
Of the 73 police stations in Patna district, for instance, only seven are currently being helmed by SC/ST SHOs whereas 12 SHOs should have been SC/ST as per the reservation rules.
Pandey has also underlined the need of extra-sensitivity to investigation of cases pertaining to atrocities against SCs/STs. “It is necessary in the public interest that competent SC/ST police officers are posted as SHOs in police stations as per their quota. This will lead to prompt action against the accused, ensuring justice to victims of atrocities,” the ADG has said.
Reacting to the move, however, one SP regretted the khaki ‘uni-form’ is going to change into ‘caste-form’ in Bihar.